Wildlife Abatement, LLC

Advanced Bat Control

318-553-3006

Rob McKay Owner/Operator

Licensed & Fully Insured

batremoval@icloud.com


Bats with Rabies and West Nile Virus

If you are have bats in your house or attic and are concerned about bats with rabies, West Nile Virus or Histoplasmosis, then you might also be interested that we remove bats, bat guano and guarantee our bat exclusion work. We are available to remove bats from houses.

For Advanced Bat Control call 318-553-3006.



Bat Rabies

Can I get rabies from a bat?

All wild animals play an important role in our environment. Some wild animals are more common to carry rabies. These animals include raccoon, skunk, fox, and bats. Animals that have hair or fur and produce milk are at risk to get or spread rabies. It is important not to approach, touch, feed, or relocate any wildlife and this includes finding a bat laying on the ground!

When an animal has rabies, its behavior can be very unpredictable. It may bite or scratch or lose its fear of people. It may seem real friendly. You can’t tell by looking at an animal if it has rabies or not, and it could pass it on to either you or to your pets, so we want you to remember not to feed wild animals and if you see an animal around your property, you should avoid it.  WE HAVE BEEN VACCINATED!

What is rabies?

Rabies is a disease that is caused by a virus. It affects the brain and spinal cord and can cause death if left untreated.  Rabies in people is however rare.  Bats with Rabies and even West Nile Virus have been confirmed by the CDC in Texarkana and Little Rock. Rabies is also known as hydrophobia is a viral zoonotic neuro-invasive disease that causes acute encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in mammals. It is most commonly caused by a bite from an infected animal, but occasionally by other forms of contact. If left untreated in humans it is usually fatal. In some countries it is a significant killer of livestock. The rabies virus makes its way to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. The incubation period of the disease depends on how far the virus must travel to reach the central nervous system, usually taking a few months. Once the infection reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the untreated infection is usually fatal within days. In the beginning stages of rabies, the symptoms are malaise, headache, and fever, while in later stages it includes acute pain, violent movements, uncontrolled excitements, depressions, and the inability to swallow water (hence the name hydrophobia). In the final stages, the patient begins to have periods of mania and lethargy, and coma. Death generally occurs due to respiratory insufficiency.

 

  • How does bat rabies affect humans?
    Rabies is a disease that is caused by a virus. It affects the brain and spinal cord and can cause death if left untreated.  Rabies in people is very rare in the United States, but rabies in animals – especially wildlife – is common in most parts of the country including Maine. An animal with rabies is called a “rabid” animal.
  • Can I get rabies if a bat was found in my room? 
    The rabies virus lives in the saliva, brain and spinal cord (neural tissue) of infected animals. It is spread when a rabid animal bites or scratches a person or animal, or if a rabid animal’s saliva or neural tissue comes in contact with a person or animal’s mouth, nose or eyes, or enters a cut in the skin.  Rabies is not spread by petting or touching dried saliva, blood, urine, or feces of a rabid animal.
  • What animals can carry rabies? 
    The most commonly infected animals are skunks, raccoons, bats, and foxes. Rabies can infect any animal that has hair, but is very rare among small rodents like squirrels, rats, mice, and chipmunks. Bat exposures are often difficult to detect, especially in the cases of a sleeping person awakening to a bat in the room or an adult witnessing a bat in a room with a previously unattended child, mentally disabled person, or intoxicated person.
  • What is a rabies exposure? 
    A rabies exposure happens when the saliva or neural tissue of a rabid animal comes in contact with a person or animal through a bite or scratch, cut in the skin, or gets into the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • How can I prevent exposure to rabies?
    Generally, you can avoid contact with wild animals. Also, make sure your dog or cat is up-to-date on rabies vaccination.

 

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Wildlife Abatement, LLC

Advanced Bat Control

318-553-3006

Rob McKay Owner/Operator

Licensed & Fully Insured

batremoval@icloud.com


We remove bats from the following areas in Louisiana: Shreveport LA, Bossier City LA, Minden LA, Benton LA, Haughton LA, Keithville, Greenwood, Coushatta LA, West Monroe LA, Monroe LA, Natchitoches LA, Alexandria LA, Tallulah LA, Zwolle LA, Many LA, Logansport LA, Leesville LA, Baton Rouge LA, Lafayette LA, Lake Charles LA, Vidalia LA, St Joseph LA, Delta LA, Toledo Bend, Cross Lake, Caddo Lake, Lake Bistineau, Lake Providence, Lake Bruin, Lake Concordia, Lake St John, Lake Saint John.  In Arkansas: Hot Springs AR, Texarkana AR,  Mountain View AR, Russellville AR, Little Rock AR, Lake Ouachita, Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine, Lake Greeson and DeGray Lake. In Texas: Dallas Fort Worth TX, DFW, Texarkana TX, Wright Patman Lake, Mt Pleasant, Lufkin TX, Lake Sam Rayburn, Nacogdoches TX, Marshall TX, Tyler TX, Center TX, Uncertain TX, Karnack TX, Flint TX, Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler Longview TX, Lake Cherokee, Martin Lake, Carthage TX, Dixie Lake, Lake Murvaul, Lake O’ the Pines, Lake Monticello, Lake Bob Sandin and Lake Cypress Springs.  In Mississippi: Vicksburg MS, Mississippi River is a bat control mecca, Pearl MS, Jackson MS, Brandon MS, Ridgeland (my home town!), Madison, Woodville, Centreville, Natchez MS, Davis Island and Tunica MS.

Read more articles:

http://www.ktbs.com/news/Another-dead-bat-found-in-Texarkana-neighborhood/-/144844/16570180/-/6h17ce/-/index.html

For More on Info on Rabies

http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/docs/brochure-bats_and_rabies-full.pdf

 


 

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